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Using maps

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The main strength of the map collection is in our holdings of UK mapping, current and historical, with both topographic (general purpose) and thematic (special purpose) series. There is excellent coverage for the North West and Manchester.

The Booker and Mills collection comprises over 900 maps, including: English County maps made by eminent cartographers; ornamental French and Dutch mapping of Asia and the Far East; and old town plans of London and Paris.

Find out more

Our Guide to Special Collections contains a summary of the map collection.

Many of the printed maps are recorded in Library Search. To search for maps, use the Advanced Search option, select the ‘Library catalogue only’ tab, and set the Material Type to ‘Maps’.

The folded map collection is available to browse in the Purple Ground area of the Main Library and includes some items which are available for loan. Items from the flat map collection must be retrieved by map specialist staff by prior appointment.

Images of some of our maps are available online via our Image Collection

Contact us

The map collection, together with related monographs, atlases and gazetteers, and cartography text books, is located in the Purple Ground are of the Main Library.

Many of our antiquarian maps are held at The John Rylands Library.

To make an appointment to view maps and for any other map related enquiries, please contact us.